Many of us work with electrical appliances and advanced technology on a daily basis. In order to prevent accidents at work and electrical injuries, it is of paramount importance that employers implement health and safety measures such as ensuring correct electrical isolation procedures are in place.
How important is it to have an electrical isolation switch?
An electrical isolation switch is a device which isolates power supply, ensuring that workers are not exposed to risk of electrical injuries such as shock when they are carrying out repairs or fitting or testing appliances. If the electrical isolation switch is employed, this means that it is safe for electricians to carry out their day to day tasks. If the electrical isolation switch is not used, this vastly increases the risk of electric shock and electrical and thermal burns.
What are the effects of an electric shock?
Even a shock created by low voltage appliances can cause severe disruption to the electrical signals which travel around the body, resulting in breathing difficulties, heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and muscle spasms. In some cases, this type of work-related injury can be fatal.
Electrical safety at work
In order to prevent work-related illness and electrical injuries, employers should enforce measures to protect their workforce, including:
- testing appliances on a regular basis
- carrying out regular risk assessments
- ensuring staff members have the relevant training
- providing suitable personal protective equipment
- recording details of accidents and acting to reduce the risk of recurrence in the future
If you’ve been injured at work in the last 3 years and you believe that you were not at fault, you could have a case for work injury compensation. We can help you to cover unexpected medical costs or provide a sum to cover your needs in the event that you have to take time off work with reduced pay or even give up your job altogether.
If you’d like to talk through the details of your work accident claim with one of our trained advisors, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We employ a highly skilled team of personal injury lawyers who works tirelessly to enable our clients to secure the personal injury compensation they deserve. The process couldn’t be simpler and in most cases, clients will not have to go to court.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown